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Updated January 10, 2024·

If a high-quality camera is top priority and you're okay with a slightly smaller screen, the iPhone 12 might be for you, even with its higher price point. However, if you prefer a larger screen and longer battery life at a more budget-friendly price, the Galaxy S21+ would suit you better. The iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21+ both have great photo and video capabilities, but the Galaxy S21+ has a telephoto camera offering more versatility in photography. For future-proof connectivity, both phones support 5G. The operating system is a significant consideration; the iPhone 12 runs iOS while the Galaxy S21+ runs Android. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 12
  • The Apple iPhone 12 has no clear advantages over the Samsung Galaxy S21+.
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21+
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
Galaxy S21+
6.6
The Apple iPhone 12 takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S21+ takes only fair videos.

Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
Galaxy S21+
8.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21+ has 8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is 6.7 inches.

Cost

$600
iPhone 12
Galaxy S21+
$244
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The Apple iPhone 12 has a price of $600 and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ costs $244.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
Galaxy S21+
7.2
The Apple iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21+ both have good overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
Galaxy S21+
7.0
The Apple iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S21+ both have good photos.

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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S21+ compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Samsung Galaxy S21+
Apple iPhone 12Samsung Galaxy S21+

GENERAL

Price
$600
$244
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
October 23, 2020January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.7"
Resolution
2532 x 11702400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
460394
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14SD888
Internal Storage
64 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/107.2/10
Photos Score
7.1/107/10
Videos Score
7.3/106.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mAh4800 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"6.36" x 2.98"
Weight
5.78 oz7.05 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Gold, Phantom Red
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoNo

Shopping

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Apple iPhone 12

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Pocket-lint

Stuart Miles | March 2022
"The iPhone 12 offers many of the important things that you want from the iPhone: a decent camera, 5G, great screen, fast processor. For the group of people who want a new iPhone without the price tag of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 range, this is a great choice. There's no settling for second best with this smartphone."

Samsung Galaxy S21+

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Tom's Guide

Jordan Palmer | May 2022
"All told, Samsung nailed it with the Galaxy S21 Plus. It has most of the strengths of the smaller S21 in a bigger package. It’s got a lot going for it. If you’re coming from an older device, like the Galaxy S10 series, this is a solid upgrade."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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